Blog June 28, 2019
Oliver Mtukudzi in Photos

Here's a selection of photos (mostly by Banning Eyre) of Oliver Mtukudzi over the years...

Oliver and Thomas Mapfumo with the Wagon Wheels (1976)
Oliver and Thomas Mapfumo with the Wagon Wheels (1976)
Oliver at Mushandira Pamwe on Afropop's first visit to ZImbabwe (Eyre 1988)
Oliver at Mushandira Pamwe on Afropop's first visit to ZImbabwe (Eyre 1988)
Tuku in Harare (Eyre 1993)
Tuku in Harare (Eyre 1993)
Tuku outside his Harare office (Eyre 1997)
Tuku outside his Harare office (Eyre 1997)
Tuku, Joe's Pub 1998
Tuku, Joe's Pub 1998
Tuku at the bandshell in Boston (Eyre 1999)
Tuku at the bandshell in Boston (Eyre 1999)

In 2001, Banning went to Harare to research a Freemuse report on censorship at the height of the Mugabe regime's power. Tuku was under pressure over his song "Wasakara (You Are Worn Out)." Banning caught one of his shows at a downtown sports bar. MDC supporters shot up the open hand, the sign of the opposition, when Tuku played "Wasakara," but those hands came down quickly. Just the same, it was a hell of a show...

Tuku in Harare (Eyre, 2001)
Tuku in Harare (Eyre, 2001)
Tuku in Harare (Eyre, 2001)
Tuku in Harare (Eyre, 2001)
Tuku in Harare (Eyre, 2001)
Tuku in Harare (Eyre, 2001)
Tuku in Harare (Eyre, 2001)
Tuku in Harare (Eyre, 2001)
Tuku in Harare (Eyre, 2001)
Tuku in Harare (Eyre, 2001)

In 2006, Oliver joined Afel Bocoum and Habib Koite of Mali for the Africa Acoustic tour. It was a spectacular coming together of West and southern Africa. Here are some images from the Boston and New York shows.

Acoustic Africa (Eyre 2006)
Acoustic Africa (Eyre 2006)
Acoustic Africa (Eyre 2006)
Acoustic Africa (Eyre 2006)
Acoustic Africa (Eyre 2006)
Acoustic Africa (Eyre 2006)
Acoustic Africa (Eyre 2006)
Acoustic Africa (Eyre 2006)
Acoustic Africa (Eyre 2006)
Acoustic Africa (Eyre 2006)
Tuku at SOBs 2007
Tuku at SOBs 2007
SOB's (Eyre 2012)
SOB's (Eyre 2012)
SOB's (Eyre 2012)
SOB's (Eyre 2012)
Oliver at Nuits d'Afrique festival, Montreal, 2012 (Eyre)
Oliver at Nuits d'Afrique festival, Montreal, 2012 (Eyre)
Oliver at Nuits d'Afrique festival, Montreal, 2012 (Eyre)
Oliver at Nuits d'Afrique festival, Montreal, 2012 (Eyre)

In 2013, Afropop Worldwide inducted Oliver Mtukudzi into the Afropop Hall of Fame, at Central Park Summerstage.

Fatoumata Diawara and Oliver Mtukudzi
Fatoumata Diawara and Oliver Mtukudzi
Banning Eyre and Tuku
Banning Eyre and Tuku
Georges Collinet and Tuku
Georges Collinet and Tuku

The last time we met Oliver was at the April 2018 mega concert that welcomed Thomas Mapfumo back home after 14 years in self-exile. It was epic. Tuku's show gave no hint of his failing health, and the two giants of Zimbabwean music showed great affection and respect for one another both in interviews and onstage, where Tuku came on to dance to Mapfumo's "Nyoka Musango."

Tuku at Glamis Arena, Harare (Eyre 2018)
Tuku at Glamis Arena, Harare (Eyre 2018)
Farewell, Tuku. You will always be remembered and loved!
Farewell, Tuku. You will always be remembered and loved!

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